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First-time buyer activity boosts Northern Ireland recovery


24 May 2016

On the day of our conference on the mortgage market in Northern Ireland, the CML's chairman in the country, Derek Wilson, reflects on recent developments.

CML welcomes four new associates


24 May 2016

Four new associates have recently joined the CML, bringing the total to 91. The CML also has 133 members, and a further seven members that are third party administrators.

Market commentary May 2016


19 May 2016

Our estimate of gross mortgage lending was £18.5 billion in April, 16% higher than a year ago. Lending over the next few months is likely to be driven by first-time buyers, movers and remortgage customers, as buy-to-let takes a back seat. The uncertainty around the EU referendum could weigh on housing market activity over the next few months.

CML responds to starter homes initiative


18 May 2016

Our response to the starter homes initiative accepts that lenders have different views, and will decide for themselves whether to support the scheme or other affordable housing initiatives. We want to work with the government for a successful scheme, which avoids market disruption.

Lenders welcome opportunity to help shape Welsh housing policy


11 May 2016

As lenders gather for the CML Cymru annual lunch today, they look forward to working with the newly elected Welsh assembly to promote the provision of more housing in all tenures in Wales.

So, that worked well...


9 May 2016

The impending increase in stamp duty on second homes contributed to a 60,000 increase in the number of transactions in March - with almost half of them being cash purchases.

Housing in London: the key issues


3 May 2016

Housing is the top priority in the forthcoming mayoral election. Lenders can help whoever is elected mayor increase provision of housing in all tenures - with the right policies.

Market commentary April 2016


21 April 2016

Gross lending in March reached £25.7 billion, nearly 60% higher than a year ago. This figure has been distorted by the stamp duty changes on second properties which came into effect on 1 April, and we are likely to see an offsetting effect of weaker activity over the next few months. Our analysis suggests £4-£5 billion extra took place, than would otherwise have been the case.

Lenders will work with new Scottish government on housing in all tenures


20 April 2016

CML Scotland plans to hold regular meetings with the newly elected government and other housing professionals to help expand the supply of homes in all tenures.

Older people and financial services: the CML's response


15 April 2016

Our response to the Financial Conduct Authority says that lenders want to work with other interested parties - and in a favourable regulatory environment - to help ensure that the financial needs of older consumers are better served.